Iran unveils new missile defence system

  • The “Falaq radar system” is capable of detecting missiles and drones at a range of 250 miles, according to Iranian Defense ministry
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TEHRAN – Iran on Saturday unveiled a locally upgraded missile defence system that is able to defend against cruise and ballistic missiles.

Iranian media said the “Falagh radar system” is an upgraded and overhauled version of a foreign air defence radar system.

Commander of Iranian Army’s Air Defense Force, Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi-Fard said the new system has high capabilities and can identify all types of cruise missiles, stealth planes, drone systems and ballistic missiles within range of 400 kilometers.

The “Falagh” is also capable of connecting to the Islamic republic’s air defence network and completing the coverage of the S-300 missile system it acquired from Russia.

Iran installed the S-300 system in March 2016 following several years of delay after a nuclear agreement reached with world powers allowed the lifting of international sanctions.

The radar system was upgraded in order to counter sanctions restricting access to spare parts of a previously foreign-developed system.

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The unveiling comes at a time of rising tensions with the United States, which have escalated ever since US President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions.

Iran shot down a US Global Hawk drone with a surface-to-air missile in June for allegedly violating its airspace, which the United States denies.

Earlier this week, Iran’s defense ministry unveiled smart guided bombs, Yasin and Balaban, and some ballistic missiles of Ghaem series with pinpoint accuracy.

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The new air-to-air missiles revealed by Tehran on Tuesday are called the “Yasin” and the “Balaban” as well as a new series of the “Qaem” missile and were developed jointly by the ministry and Sa Iran (Iran Electronics Industries).